It Hit Me Suddenly 2013

It Hit Me Suddenly


Lasagna time: a layering;

Baking, checking, adding to;

Thinking food and listening

to the radio.

It hits me; Fran and Jay are gone.*

Poets, playwrights, married pair;

Dear eccentric friends of mine

Collecting stars

Both left and right;

They loved the night.

Members of a nervous set

Of beatniks, lyricists, novelists

Discoverers, encouragers, experimenters

In extreme;

Alcohol, amphetamines;

Separate bedrooms, separate wings,

Affairs outside their open wings.


Between the spinach and ricotta

One more layer: Jay and Fran.

I take in their finality.

Suddenly it hit me.


“Poetry is having nothing to say –

and saying it anyway.” – John Cage

Do I agree?


*Fran & Jay Landesman


It Hit Me Suddenly 4.1.2013

Special People, Special Occasions; Vaguely About Music II; Birth, Death & In Between II;

Arlene Corwin





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